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It’s coming up on the one-year anniversary since we entered a lockdown in the USA, which is bizarre to think of, and now people have just decided Covid-19 is over. Despite the millions still being affected and thousands of deaths daily, we as a country decided we were over it. There may be a vaccine, not even proven to be effective for all the different variations of the virus that now exist, but that does not automatically fix everything.

As of this week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced he is lifting the mask mandate and is allowing businesses to open…


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If you’ve ever been in a new environment with all new people, one of the first things y’all might ask each other is, “where are you from?” While it seems like a simple enough question, your answer might actually be controversial. It may seem harmless to say “I’m from Boston” when you are actually from the nearby suburb 30 minutes away but in actuality, you are romanticizing that city. I see it happen all the time with my city, Baltimore, and let me tell you, wanting to be from a city when you are actually from the suburbs is something…


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One of the hardships of being Black in America is not only having to navigate majority-white spaces but also having to navigate close relationships with non-black people that are created in those spaces. This includes relationships with our closest friends who are not black. Many people want to ignore the presence of race and how that affects a relationship, however, it is harmful because of how the ideas of race and acts of racism are embedded in our everyday lives. In the story presented below, I explore the hardship of navigating these relationships between black and non-black people. This story…


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Having a customer service job in a regular year is a drag. The pay is minimal, the customers are obnoxious and the management loves to impede on your boundaries. Add the risk of contracting a potentially deadly virus or giving it to somebody you love to that and customer service just does not seem worth it. So here is the day in the life of a customer service employee in the middle of a pandemic based on real-life scenarios.

10:30 am

I arrive to work early. I want to see if my manager needs any extra help as he finishes opening. The…


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Being black in America is difficult. This is a fact known by most considering when asked nobody wants to be treated how black people are. This treatment for the last couple of centuries has done nothing but exclude us from this “land of the free” that patriots are so obsessed with. The exclusion of black people from America, as well as the voting system, makes it more favorable for black people to not vote.

From the time the first Africans set foot on American soil, this country has never been welcoming. It was not built for black people (or any…


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VIA HIPHOPURBANPOP

We all know the classic female rappers. From Lauryn Hill and Lil’ Kim to now Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion, female rap has been a powerful force in music for decades. One of my favorite things about female rappers is their ability to thrive in a male-dominated industry. Black women are so powerful and female rappers continue to exhibit that not only in their music but in their navigation of the industry as a whole. Another thing I love about female rappers is they tend to make misogynist mad which, I for one, always love to see. …


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Living through a pandemic will change you. This, I can say because living through a pandemic has changed me. It forced me to open my eyes to alternative paths and ways of navigating life that previously scared me until I had no choice but to consider the option. Living through a pandemic has given me a lot of time to evaluate my life and my goals (with the whole having to stay in thing, yeah… make sure you are doing that) and I have decided to take a gap year. So, yes. …


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Nobody wants to exercise. This is a fact of life. Unless you are a fitness guru, exercising, for most of us, feels like another inconvenience. But is exercising hard or, is it like I said, just an inconvenience.

A month ago I decided to start a new journey. Part of that journey included becoming more active. It has been easy with quarantine for everybody to become less active and eat more. I have never been someone who liked exercising. Sure, as a kid I was very active in sports but as I grew up my love for other things flourished…


We’ve got to stop the normalization of ignorance.

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I'm sure you have heard the word plenty of times thrown around effortlessly in rap songs, a word you would never think twice about saying. What is this word thousands of people say with no regard to how it affects others? A slur. Yes, the C-word, ch*nk, is a slur. It is harmful toward Asian people and just like any other slur, no you can’t say it. No, you can’t sing it. And no, we cannot continue to allow it to be normalized.

From Migos’ Get Right Witcha with lyrics like “going to Thailand with them ch*nks” to Jay-Z’s Regrets…


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I started biking the way I start most things in life: hard, fast, and uninformed. Biking, in the beginning, was supposed to simply be a more efficient way of traveling at first. It was a means to an end. The end being getting to work faster and not having to tread the 40-minute walk to my minimum wage job. However, quickly and unexpectedly it became much more than that.

1. Research & Innovation

I purchased my bike already put together. Knowing nothing of bikes and needing to be able to ride it home, buying it assembled made the most sense. However, the bike only…

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